Car accidents have the potential to turn someone’s life upside down in a matter of seconds. You were commuting to work, picking up your kids from school or going to visit a friend, and suddenly you find yourself in excruciating pain, with extensive medical bills, a totaled car and an inability to return to work – all because of the negligent driving of another. In this horrific situation, what can you hope to recover from a lawsuit against the party responsible for your accident?
Compensation for monetary harm
First and foremost, you could attempt to recover compensation for your potentially overwhelming medical expenses. This does not just include any hospital bills you may have. It can also cover medications you must take, in-home services, physical therapy and any other cost required for full recovery from your injury.
Your medical expenses are probably not the only cost that you find yourself faced with after your accident. You can also include in your suit a request for compensation for any of your resulting property damage. This means damage to your car, as well as to your other personal property that may have suffered damage in the crash.
Finally, if you are unable to work and support your family, you can seek compensation for lost wages. If your disability is permanent, you may even receive compensation for loss of earning capacity.
Compensation for other types of harm
You do not need to limit your recovery to purely monetary damages. There are other types of damages for which you can seek compensation that have nothing to do with money.
For example, depending upon the circumstances, you might be able to ask for compensation for your pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium and things of that nature.
This accident was not your fault, but you are paying serious consequences for it. Fortunately, our judicial system affords you the opportunity to seek compensation for the harm that you suffered, so that you can start to put your life back together.